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Salix alba – White willow Salix purpurea – Purple willow, purple osier Salicaceae – Willow family The part used in medicine is the willow bark – Salicis cortex, obtained from 2- to 3-year-old branches, cut in the spring, when the juices start flowing. Smooth shoots are cut and barked by cutting the annual rings and pulling bark tubes. The bark is dried in natural conditions.